Pranutan Bahl made her Bollywood debut last year with Nitin Kakkar's Notebook, which was produced by Salman Khan. She will now be seen in her second film Helmet, co-starring Aparshakti Khurana. However, her father Mohnish Bahl feels bad when his daughter's name crops up in the nepotism debate. He says that Pranutan has got everything on her own and she is still struggling.
"She has got everything on her own. Salman wasn’t even aware that auditions were going on. In fact, he called me when it was final and asked ‘Mohni, are you sure you are good with it? I thought she would be a lawyer or something’,” Mohnish Bahl told Hindustan Times when asked about people label Pranutan's entry into Bollywood as easy.
Mohnish feels that it is unfortunate that the nepotism debate is extended to star kids. He says he would rather call star kids more privileged. "Nepotism has unfortunately been extended to star kids. A more appropriate usage would be that star kids are more privileged. But at the same time, Pranutan is still struggling. She managed her second film Helmet which is yet to get a theatrical release, and with the Covid 19 pandemic, even that seems to be in a doubtful situation,” he said.
However, the criticism doesn't bother Mohnish as he feels that the facts are stronger than people's baseless comments. "The whole nepotism debate, it has been pushed to an extent, (where we might get asked) ‘why would you give your children your wealth when you pass away?’ Am I supposed to give whatever I have earned throughout life to someone who will be able to manage it better, or my preferences? If as a producer, if I like to invest in my friend’s kid, that’s my call. I am not holding a government position, where I am selecting the best candidate for say, commissioner of some corporate body, then I would give preference to somebody, that would be nepotism,” he explained.
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